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Tuesday, 20 Aug 2019
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Year 8 Papahou bluetooth Speaker boxes.
If your Papahou Box has been on display in the office foyer for a number of weeks could you please come and pick it up. Thank you for letting us display your work. There are some new examples of Papahou on display.

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Cantamaths 2018

On 21st August 2018, our school’s top 8 math problem-solvers in year 7 and 8 attended the Cantamath challenge at the Horncastle Arena. The year 7s started first and the team quickly gained points on the board and a place in the front bunch of teams. They finished an admirable 5th of 94 teams and were one of ONLY six teams in year 7 to gain the ‘golden ticket’ meaning they achieved a perfect score of 100 points.Next was the year 8 team who were eager to improve on the previous year’s score. They started in the middle of the pack, but their tenacity saw them move up the rankings. The team stalled at question 13, but after a gap of 7 minutes, they were off again. Their final score was an admirable 85 points which put them in 10th position out of the 93 teams and a much-improved placing from 2017. Ka mau te wehi!

Team Maths 2018

On Tuesday 14th August, sixty-four teams from around the school competed in the Team Maths event. Excitement had built up over the previous week, as classes practiced problem-solving techniques and worked together to build skill in tackling a wide range of mathematical conundrums.The year seven competition was a thriller, with a close competition between Ngata and Sheppard in the A grade. The runners of the teams sprinted to the answer desk, time after time within seconds of each other. Lead of the competition changed several times between Ngata and Sheppard. Both of them faltered on question 18, with the runner sprinting back again and again to the marker. The final 5 points were gained in a split-second dash between the two teams with Sheppard snatching the victory by a couple of minutes. The Year eight teams went second. Many of the B grade teams struggled with some of the earlier questions and this slowed them down resulting in no teams receiving a perfect score. Rutherford finished in first place with the highest score of 75.  The A-grade teams were away quickly, but question number 9 stumped most teams for quite some time.  Up to question 9, the lead teams in the A grade were neck and neck. Out of nowhere all teams but one got stuck for some time and a clear leader was found with Rutherford pulling away and winning the A grade with a perfect score of 100 and just seven minutes remaining. They were the only team to reach a perfect score in the year 8 competition. By Clara Dujakovic and M McCombe

Kids Lit National Final

On Sunday, June 10th, four eager and excited Year 7 students travelled to Wellington to compete in the NZ Kids Lit final. Sixteen teams from all around New Zealand gathered to test their knowledge and skills about children's literature.  The competition was made up of 75 questions in five categories ranging from knowledge of types of books to how well did they remember the text from the first page of a novel.  After five rounds the South team placed third equal and was again thrust into a sudden death playoff. The tension was immense and the final result for our team was a very creditable fourth. What a great effort!  

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